Germany defeats Algeria 2-1 in extra time


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In a tournament full of brave performances by plucky underdogs, Algeria turned in one of the best yet. They battled Germany with all they had and it took extra time for the favored Germans to put away Algeria 2-1.

The crowd was raucous and very pro-Algeria. They cheered wildly when the Algerians attacked and booed loudly when the Germans had possession. They had much to cheer about early in the contest. For the first 30 minutes, Algeria attacked aggressively and decisively. They had Germany on the run. If not for two sensational saves by German goalie, Manuel Neuer, the Algerians would have put the Germans on their heels.

After the first 30 minutes, the Germans began to regain their bravado and had several chances to dent the scoreboard. The Algerian goal tender Rais M’Bolhi was tested by Toni Kroos with a vicious kick. M’Bohli then rose quickly to stop the rebound from Mario Gotze.

While neither team could score in regulation, not so in extra time. Germany scored just two minutes into overtime when Muller centered a pass to Schurrle who put it past the Algerian goaltender. While each team scored after that in extra time, the game was settled with that goal.

Algeria departs leaving no African teams in the World Cup quarterfinals. Germany’s victory sets up a grudge match of historical proportions with France on July 4.